An opera for 15 instrumentalists and 7 singers written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp by Viktor Ullmann and Peter Kien. In the most deplorable circumstances imaginable, Victor Ullmann completes the opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis. The camp management forbids a first performance after a few rehearsals. A few months later, Ullmann, together with all the musicians, is put on a transport to Auschwitz.
Der Kaiser von Atlantis is about an emperor who starts a holy war in which everyone has to fight everyone. However, the character "Death" rebels, leaving no one to die. There is only one way to undo this: the Emperor must sacrifice himself and surrender to Death.
In collaboration with: De Nederlandse Reisopera, New European Ensemble and Theater Na de Dam.